Version 9.0 software update brings new features, while Model 3 gets glowing safety report from NHTSA
8 October 2018

Tesla has released a new over-the-air software update for the Model S, X and 3, said to be the most substantial the brand has ever released.

The new ‘Version 9.0’ software upgrade brings a raft of new features, including new hardware functions, simplified menus and additional 'Easter eggs'. Alongside this, a new mobile app update function allows owners to initiate a software update remotely without being in the car.

Most notably, a new Dash Cam function has been added to Model S, X and 3 vehicles built from August 2017, allowing owners to use the forward-facing camera to record and store captured video. Tapping the new dash cam icon allows a clip of up to 10 minutes to be stored, or recording to be paused. 

Additionally, all eight external cameras from Tesla’s full self-driving system have been activated, enabling what it calls “better situational awareness on the road with a 360-degree visualisation of surrounding vehicles”. 

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Blind spot monitoring now relies on the side and rear facing cameras, alongside the previously used ultrasonic sensors, to detect vehicles and display them on the car’s screen. If there is a vehicle in the car’s blind spot when the driver indicates, it shows the lane as red on the digital display. New types of vehicles, including bicycles and large trucks, are also displayed to aid safety. 

A new application launcher simplifies the applications on offer by bringing them altogether in one place, and allowing quick access to the last-used app. Owners can also access the controls for cold weather features, such as rear seat heaters and the steering wheel heater, all in one place.

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Alongside the more practical software updates, Tesla has added in some new ‘Easter eggs’, or hidden features, to its models’ large central display screen. Classic arcade games from Atari are now discoverable when the car is in Park. Finding them changes the controls on the steering wheel and touchscreen to that of a games console. 

Tesla Model 3 is safest car ever tested by NHTSA

The Tesla Model 3 follows on from the Model S and Model X by achieving the lowest probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested by the USA's safety body, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Previously, the S and X were given the lowest and second lowest probability of injury by the NHTSA, but now the Model 3 has beaten both of those models with a perfect five-star rating in every category. 

The results come from the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Programme, which used a Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive model in a series of crash tests, including front, side and rollover crashes. The probability of injury is less than 6%, a figure around 2% better than the Model X. 

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8 October 2018

  Sounds great to have these layers of safety, but I feel your having more to do than just drive, and, computer games?!, it’s bad enough sitting with someone on a Mobile or other device without being able while parked up to play classic games, is there a Tv option?, I could see the point of that....

Peter Cavellini.

8 October 2018

I put a deposit on a Model 3 within 24 hrs of Tesla accepting them - from memory on 1st April 2016.  At the current rate of progress I'm not expecting delivery of a RHD car in my preferred spec until mid-to-late 2019, well over three years later.  Is this a record?

8 October 2018

That must be up there and even though it won’t be much that is 3 years of interest lost 

You are the weakest link......

8 October 2018

I own one and its worth waiting for, believe me....amazing car...there really is no competition for it - only pretenders.

8 October 2018

sorry, we cant actually make you the car you want anytime soon, but when you do get it, it will have Atari games built in, isnt that cool, however by the time you acually get it, it will be due a midlife facelift, still never mind. 

FMS

9 October 2018
Citytiger wrote:

sorry, we cant actually make you the car you want anytime soon, but when you do get it, it will have Atari games built in, isnt that cool, however by the time you acually get it, it will be due a midlife facelift, still never mind. 

 

Did you have someone with a brain, read this post before putting it up?. Try to concentrate...when their car is eventually delivered, it will be the most up to date model, newly built, the facelift you mentioned, that they will receive...by your point it would seem that their car is built and then delivered years later. Which car manufacturers with long lead times for their products build cars, store them and release them to customers at the same time as "other" new customers are taking delivery of what will be the facelifted car?.

 

What a dope.

8 October 2018

That’s not a record! I was 8th in the queue at Sydney Tesla which opened exactly 11 hours before the UK order book opened!

FYI we won’t be getting ours until 2020 so that’s a 4 year wait! There have been, and still continue to be, times when I’ve thought of getting my $1500 deposit back. When the “shorters” in the US market conspire to bring the company down, when our Elon says something even dumber than usual and when the SEAC prosecuted him for false statements. Will I ever get mine? It’s a gamble, but I’d say the odds are about 60/40 as of today.

Robbo

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

8 October 2018

That’s not a record! I was 8th in the queue at Sydney Tesla which opened exactly 11 hours before the UK order book opened!

FYI we won’t be getting ours until 2020 so that’s a 4 year wait! There have been, and still continue to be, times when I’ve thought of getting my $1500 deposit back. When the “shorters” in the US market conspire to bring the company down, when our Elon says something even dumber than usual and when the SEAC prosecuted him for false statements. Will I ever get mine? It’s a gamble, but I’d say the odds are about 60/40 as of today.

Robbo

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

9 October 2018

I suppose some things are worth waiting for.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

9 October 2018
xxxx wrote:

I suppose some things are worth waiting for.

Yep, it'll be well worth waiting for. I ended up cancelling my reservation to spend the money on Tesla shares instead... Even more of a gamble @ Aussierob! The idea is to get the car later than everyone else, but with a slightly higher spec. Now it's all up to Musky to stop tweeting while on the drink, and my decision might not seem so idiotic. :-)

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